When Kate and Elliot get together, they often find a reason to dance—this time it was dancing along to The Nutcracker.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted some of Elliot’s drawings. She’s started to add a lot of letters and words (all her own spelling), which we find fascinating. (click through for more)
Elliot drew her first dinosaur! Click through for a few more recent highlights from her trusty pad of paper . . .
Elliot surprised us with a couple drawings recently. The first was the one above, which she told us was a giraffe (we could see that) and a horse with a long tail (ok.) This is probably the most representationally accurate drawing we’ve ever seen her do (at least, of the giraffe.) We love it!
The second drawing was of her with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Tinkerbell’s fairy friends.
We loved the way Elliot created the glow around the fairies! She told us that the item above Peter Pan was a “broken rock” . . . not sure what that means. Also, note the new way Elliot has been drawing eyes: a pupil in the middle, an iris around it and then what would be the eyelids around it all. She came up with this technique without our assistance and the drawings were totally done on her own. She’s our little artist!
Mimi sent Elliot some post-it notes, so we’ve been finding drawings and notes posted all over the house. Elliot tells us that the notes in the photo above are for Peter Pan, saying “Don’t go to Neverland”, “I love your heart”, “You are my friend” and “I love your heart” (again.)
Click through for these recent paintings and a couple drawings from the artist . . .
I came home from an errand to find an Elliot original on my desk: Peter Pan fighting Captian Hook. Here’s that masterpiece along with a couple other recent strokes of genius after the jump . . .
Elliot has always loved drawing and coloring. For most of the last couple years, though, it’s really been randomly scribbling a little bit on each page of whatever book she has and then becoming interested in a new activity. Earlier this year, Sarah and I started instructing her on drawing stick figures and faces–with our guidance, she became relatively adept, but that was about it.
However, in the last couple weeks, we’ve noticed a dramatic surge in her desire to draw, as well as her skill in doing it–we felt like it happened overnight. She works through paper with a voracious appetite and concentrates intently on her drawings for long periods of time. The drawings are, relatively speaking, more representational and her interest has moved beyond the visceral enjoyment of the act of drawing to the desire to create a finished picture of an actual subject. She draws stick figures without any guidance, as well as animals, spiders, etc. Her new favorite things to draw are ‘maps.’ She then enjoys navigating the house, following the map she just drew, which also usually involves finding and saving a baby animal.
In the picture above, she’s filling in a lake on the map with blue water (we haven’t shown her the upside-down-‘m’ technique that will save her a lot of time and carpal tunnel syndrome.) She can even write her name, all by herself, quite well. Though, it’s always drawn in all caps, except for the ‘i’: ELLiOT.
I’ve included some scans of recent drawings below the jump . . .